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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The US supposedly lays out the new relationship to Israel

An interesting Jerusalem Post read about the meta-message the Obama administration is sending the Israelis.
"The Israelis apparently wanted to check if we are serious on settlements, and they found out that we are," a senior official told Haaretz. ....

Last night Defense Minister Ehud Barak met in New York with the U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell....

Mitchell also emphasized that the U.S. does not accept the concept of "natural growth" for the settlements.

"We did not hear from the Bush administration about any of these so-called understandings with Israel on the settlements - all of which were supposedly oral understandings between different people every time," said one senior American official.

"But we've never heard a thing about them - they certainly weren't formal agreements between our governments. "The Israelis want us to commit to oral understandings we have never heard about, but at the same time they are not willing to commit to written agreements their government has signed, like the road map and commitment to the two-state solution."

The Israelis used the settlement issue to try to push (test) the Obama folks. Now the Obama folks are pushing back.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it's my sense that it's in the Obama DNA to resist being pushed. (This isn't about settlements.)


  • There's going to be A LOT of money going against Obama in '12 if he doesn't get with the program.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:55 AM  

  • Yes and no. The early evidence is that the mainstream Dem Jewish voters aren't off the bus yet, and they're alot of that money.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:09 AM  

  • Your right about Obama's personality (not wanting to be pushed) I think that's why he takes on Rush and Cheney, when he does not have to, or has been advised he should not.

    In the end, it will be about the settlements. As long as Bibi is in office, that will be a sticking point. As you told me last week, even if there is a public understanding, the settlers will come back and Bibi will not get hard lined with them.

    By Blogger Time, at 2:09 PM  

  • It also shows up in a bit of petulance occasionally after perceived slights.

    And, those recurring outpost settlements will keep the Saudi plan/roadmap from happening.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:27 PM  

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